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Kulshum Azmi
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Buffets can be real etiquette challenges with a long queue of people often tackling a limited supply of food. Keep these tips in mind the next time youíre at a buffet to eat your fill but with politeness.


When in the queue: When taking your place in the queue, make sure you donít stand between a group or couple. Gauge the crowd before taking your position. Also, await your turn and never push people or start serving yourself from the middle of the line. If the person in front of you is slow, go slow! Donít cut the line Ė this isnít a street with traffic, itís a polite social occasion.


Serving yourself: When serving yourself, never heap food on your plate. Returning for seconds is perfectly acceptable. Also, do not take food back ďfor the tableĒ Ė unless the event is very casual and you are good friends with everyone present, this would be frowned upon. After serving yourself, leave the spoon next to the platter or in the dish provided for the purpose. If an item appears to be in short supply, it would be very rude to serve yourself a large portion.


Going for seconds: A second round to the buffet table is usually expected, but a third is not. It is typically best to use a fresh plate for your second round. Remember, a buffet is a completely self-service meal so donít ask the servers to clear your plate or get you a second helping. Do so yourself and then enquire about where you should discard your plate.

These tips should help you brave a buffet with ťlan!


Dining at a restaurant necessitates a certain amount of decorum on behalf of its patrons. In an economy that is becoming increasingly consumerist, the axiom Ďthe customer is always rightí has led many restaurant patrons to adopt this as their own incontrovertible right.

Getting oneís manners back into shape would truly make for a pleasant dining experience and it doesnít require as much effort as you might think. According to Emily Post, the premier authority in manners and etiquette, ďManners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.Ē

Here are some useful tips in Restaurant Etiquette.

1. Timing is critical

Restaurant reservations are like any other appointment. If you make a reservation, stick to it. Call ahead if youíre going to be more than 15 minutes late, and cancel as far in advance as possible if your plans change so that someone else can get a table. It is fine to make multiple reservations for a single evening as long as you cancel the unwanted bookings, again as far in advance as possible.

2. Dress Code

How does one decide what is the appropriate attire for an evening at a given restaurant. Furthermore, how does one determine as to what essentially constitutes casual attire? As fine dining restaurants move away from the old jacket-required policy, it raises the question of just what exactly is appropriate to wear when dining out. Casual attire to one person may mean jeans and a sweatshirt; to another, khakis and penny loafers. If youíre headed to a restaurant for the first time and are unsure about how to dress, call and ask the host outright what the dress code is. When in doubt, itís safer to wear something more conservative.

3. Substitutions and Sending dishes back

Itís always a bummer when everyone in your party is served and your meal is not properly cooked. Do you suffer in silence and pick around the plate without sending it back? If you send it back, youíll have to wait while everyone else eats and then the timing of the whole meal is off. If your order is unsatisfactory, thereís no need to be aggressive with the wait staff, but it is appropriate to say something so the chef and waiter have an opportunity to rectify the situation.

4. Cell Phones

Telephones shouldnít be answered during family meals at home, and itís no different in a restaurant. Turn off your cell phone or switch it to silent mode before sitting down to eat, and leave it in your pocket or purse.

5. Wine Sense

You do not have to be a wine connoisseur to know when a bottle is corked - it happens more than occasionally, and the distinct smell of wet, moldy cardboard is hard to forget. If you think the wine smells or tastes off, you should be confident in telling the waiter or wine director. After all, youíre paying for it, and you should not subject yourself to drinking a corked bottle. Donít feel bad about the restaurant losing money. In many cases, an off bottle gets returned to the distributor. What happens when you order a bottle of wine and simply donít like it? If you confidently ordered the bottle on your own, without consultation from a sommelier or wine steward, it is generally not appropriate to send it back Ė especially if it is an expensive bottle. However, if you requested assistance from the staff and donít like what they suggested, it is within your prerogative to express displeasure with the wine and send it back.

6. Children at Restaurants

Itís never too early to start teaching good restaurant manners to children. Poorly behaved children can ruin the dining experience for other patrons, so if you bring your kids to dine out, make sure they are behaving properly.

7. What about Doggy bags?

Thereís nothing wrong with taking your leftovers home in a doggy bag, especially since portions are usually more than any human should eat in a single sitting.

8. Tipping

As bad as some of us claim to be at math, we all become human calculators when it comes to figuring the standard 15-20% of a check. Tips are a customerís way to provide feedback about the service in a restaurant, and should be used to reflect quality. If service is inattentive, forgetful, rude or careless, leave a smaller tip to indicate your displeasure. Only in extreme cases should a tip never be given. By the same token, if you feel your server would go to any length to make you happy, a 20-25% (or greater) tip is advisable.

9. Communication

The more you communicate to the waiter, the better he or she will be able to serve you. If you are displeased with the dining experience in any way, it is up to you to calmly and politely articulate that to the waiter or manager so they can have an opportunity to fix the problem. If you donít say anything and just wait until the end of the meal to leave a sub-standard tip, the waiter wonít know what went wrong.


Tea parties are meant to be casual gatherings where you can relax and socialize with your friends. Well, here are some tea party etiquette tips you can use:

1. Since it is a tea party, itís okay to eat with fingers. However, if an item is particularly messy (has a runny filling like a pastry), then use a fork.

2. If all the courses are laid out on the table, eat them in this order: first the scones or muffins; then the tiny sandwiches, and last the sweets. Think of it like a meal where you can start with bread, then have the main course, but save the dessert for last.

3. For scones or muffins, break off a bite-size piece, then put it into your mouth.

4. Take bites of the tiny sandwiches. Never stuff the whole thing in their mouth, even though itís small.

5. If using sugar, be careful to not dip the sugar tong or sugar spoon into the tea.

6. If the tea is hot, do not blow on the tea. Leave your teacup on the table to cool.

7. Do not stick your little finger out when drinking tea. Just hold the teacup normally.

8. If there are tea bags, then make sure to place or use a small dish on which the used tea bag can be placed.

Hope u remember it the nxt time u have a party.


Shriya Karve.

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